Tansy and the Orca 2018

Gazing about

Tansy and her favourite photographer spent a lot of time gazing at the water looking for interesting things while sailing along…

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porpoise exit

…so when they saw this porpoise beating a hasty retreat they went nearer to the islands to see what had frightened it off.

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Spouts

They saw something really special – two big spouts and a tiny one!

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leap

A big orca leaped up…

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hovering

…almost out of the water…

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Splash

…and made a huge splash!

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big and tiny

Look at the tiny dorsal fin!

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up

A mama and baby orca swam up for a breath of air…

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down

…then slipped back down under the surface and away.

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Spout!

Next morning the Passing Cloud encountered the pod again…

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Two!

…and found that a second orca calf had been born!

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baby’s breath

A baby orca’s light toned areas are a darker orange for a few months…

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pleats

…and for the first week or so of life, an orca calf has pleats in the dorsal fin, leftover from when the baby was curled up in utero…

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Fluke

Goodbye for now little whales…

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Leap

…and big ones!

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Please click here to see the website of Outer Shores Expeditions and for views of Passing Cloud, which was Tansy and her favourite photographer’s home for nearly three weeks…

Passing Cloud is over on the BC Central Coast at the moment, click here to see where she is right now!

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10 thoughts on “Tansy and the Orca 2018

  1. My goodness! This was a fantastic journey seeing orcas! Wow…what amazing photo shots and narrative to go with. Tansy, you’re a wondrous story teller!

  2. Nat Geo, has nothing on “favorite photographer”. Fabulous and special pictures. Just amazing for me to see them. I’ve viewed them several times and will go back to view again and again. Thank You.

  3. Marvelous photos. What a blessing it must have been to be right there and see the little ones. Thank you for sharing them. So glad that “favorite photographer” took Tansy along (and brought her back).

    • I am always glad when they both come home safe, the bonus is the pictures and stories of their travels…it must have felt like a blessing to be right there and see all those beings living their incredible lives.

    • I just learned about the pleated fins! Apparently the newborns also have a left or right-leaning fold on their body near the tail depending on how they were curled up before birth too – this fold disappears in a few days and is hard to photograph!

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